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Opinion

  • “Whom the gods would destroy, they first tempt to resolve the Arab-Israeli conflict.” — Irving Kristol

    The quixotic American pursuit of Middle East peace is a perennial. It invariably fails, yet every administration feels compelled to give it a try. The Trump administration is no different.

  • Thank you to the people of New Haven for a fantastic participation at the third annual New Haven Appreciation Day.
    This year’s event drew over 400 attendees, and all had a great time.
    A special thank you to all of the helpers and the musicians that participated. The giving of their time to put on a great night of music and fun for the residents of southern Nelson County is truly appreciated.
    The success of this year’s events had all of those involved talking of how to improve it for next year.

  • Grendel’s evil mother hid in the depths of water. The evil foe in Afghanistan hid in caves.
    Ask the mother of any U.S. service person whose life matters more.
    Joe McGuire
    Boston

  • The images we have of him are of youthful vigor and charm, so it’s hard to imagine that if he were still alive today, President John F. Kennedy would be 100 years old on Memorial Day.

    We can only wonder what he might have achieved in a second term as president or what kind of an elder statesman he would have been.

  • The Memorial Day that we will observe nationally on Monday, May 29, had its beginning during the American Civil War — a turbulent time for Nelson County. More than 80 different Union units were involved in skirmishes and set up camps in the county during the war. The county’s turnpikes and railroads dictated the movement of many troops and supplies through the area — both Union and Confederate.

    In the end the Civil War would take the lives of over 600,000 soldiers nationally, both North and South, from 1861 to 1865.

  • GARRISON KEILLOR

    Columnist

    The Washington Post

    For all the fireworks of the French election, please note that Marine Le Pen gave a simple elegant concession speech, congratulating the winner and thanking her supporters and campaign workers. She did not claim voter fraud or a media conspiracy or accuse the government of tapping her phone. She is, after all, French. Liberty, equality, dignity.

  • Charles Krauthammer

    columnist

    letters@ charleskrauthammer.com

    It was implausible that FBI Director James Comey was fired in May 2017 for actions committed in July 2016 — the rationale contained in the memo by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

    It was implausible that Comey was fired by Donald Trump for having been too tough on Hillary Clinton, as when, at that July news conference, he publicly recited her various email misdeeds despite recommending against prosecution.

  • They give us life, carrying us inside themselves until we can face the world on the outside. They go through physical trauma to deliver us. They feed us. They comfort us when we cry. They Band-Aid our boo-boos. They cook and clean. They work — whether it’s outside the home or within its walls — to help keep our families afloat. They sacrifice so we don’t have to. They’re the glue that keeps everything together. They teach us — sometimes with words, but more often by example. They love us unconditionally.

  • Canceling the National Day Of Prayer meeting was a bad idea.

    What happened to ...

    • freedom of speech?

    • freedom of religion?

    • freedom to attend or not to attend?

    • freedom to use public buildings and grounds?

    • freedom to fly flags?

    • freedom to see historical monuments and statues?

    • freedom to hold to your beliefs? (Remember Ali?)

    • freedom of assembly?

    • freedom of choice?

  • On behalf of the Nelson County Deputy Clerks’ Relay for Life team, we would like to take this opportunity to show our appreciation to everyone who attended the annual pie auction. A big thank you goes out to all the officials and bakers who provided the selection of goodies for the event and for those who could not attend, but gave a generous donation. A special thank you to Joey Hayden, our auctioneer, and Dean Watts for the use of the Civic Center.

    We are grateful that we have so many generous supporters who share the vision of ending cancer.

  • The U.S. military dropped a huge bomb on a remote part of Afghanistan recently. It was so powerful that it had been kept on the shelf since it was created in 2003 because of the fear of the “collateral damage” it might cause. They dubbed it, with a kind of macho affection, “The Mother of all Bombs.”

    While it was the biggest non-nuclear bomb any government has ever dropped on another country, it was not “The Mother of All Bombs.”

  • In an ongoing effort to promote transparency in state government, Kentucky has taken steps to identify owners of unclaimed property. It may seem like a minor or non-existent issue to many, but the reality is that Kentucky’s unclaimed property fund contains assets with a combined value of nearly half a billion dollars.

  • Fads come and go, and there’s a laundry list of different ones, such as mood rings, Pokemon Go, acid-wash jeans, etc., that capture the fancy of folks for a time, then drift away, only for another to take its place.

    The hunt for painted rocks is the latest, and here’s hoping we see this one last a while.

  • Elections have consequences.

    Looking back to last November’s Bardstown City Council election, the outcome was the beginning of the end for Mayor John Royalty’s “bull in a China shop” administration.

  • On Wednesday, at 4:50 p.m., there were 118,027 people in the United States waiting for a lifesaving transplant, according to the United Network of Organ Sharing.

    That number will change every 10 minutes as more men, women and children are added to the list, and some who have been waiting for months and years will be fortunate enough to finally be matched with a lifesaving donor. In fact, 33,608 people were recipients of lifesaving organ transplants in 2016.

  • Nelson County Schools are looking for missing alumni.

    We need help in finding our missing classmates because not all of them are on the various social networking sites. If you are in contact with any of them, please direct them to our website.

    Finding our classmates will help us have a more successful alumni event on Saturday, Sept. 9, at Maywood Country Club.

    The group is available on Facebook at Nelson County Foundation. Just send us a message.

  • The City of New Haven would like to thank its 2017 Easter Egg Hunt sponsors:

    Rolling Fork Iron Horse Festival, Mouser’s Liquors, Guy’s Building Supplies, Jay Rust, Rust Funeral Home, Coy’s Taxidermy, New Haven Library, Amerigas, Sherwood Inn, Joseph L. Greenwell Funeral Home, Vittitow Cabinets, KDC Auto Sales, New Haven Florist, Newcomb Oil Company, New Haven Mini Warehouses, New Haven First & Last, New Haven Enhancement Team, Hometown IGA, K’La’s and Casey Clark.

    Thank you,

  • I was in my study at church early Easter morning, before anyone but the facilities manager had arrived.

    Looking out at the empty parking lot, I wondered, “What if no one showed up this morning? What if no one came to celebrate Easter Sunday?”

    Since I was immersed in John’s record of the resurrection, I pondered, “What if Mary hadn’t come to the tomb to find it empty? Then, she wouldn’t have run to tell Peter. How would he have known?”